Unleash Your Voice: An Interview with Sita Rose

WHAT LED YOU TO GUIDE OTHERS TO ACTIVATE THEIR VOICE AS A HEALING MODALITY?

Growing up in a musical household, I began to ‘make up’ songs at a young age. Singing was an effective outlet to express complicated emotions and became a safe sanctuary during tough days as an adolescent. When it came time to go to college, I knew I wanted to study music, but I didn’t want to go into performance. I chose music therapy. Studying music therapy and evidence-based practice led me from the Midwest to San Diego to complete my internship in the field. I quickly discovered how disembodied I had become. I had actually burnt out before my career even began. I felt a calling to integrate the mystical and spiritual nature of music into my practice. As a result, I completed my yoga teacher training and discovered kirtan, an ancient devotional chanting/meditation practice. My relationship with my voice immediately began to shift. No longer was I caught in a paralyzing thought pattern of “perfection” and fear of not being good enough. I was singing from my body to express the vibration of my Soul. From my own vocal-healing journey, I started leading kirtans and facilitating vocal workshops. These workshops included a blending of techniques from Silvia Nakkach’s ‘Yoga of the Voice’ with mantras, energy healing, and transformational coaching.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN WHEN YOUR THROAT CHAKRA IS BLOCKED?

Written by Sita Rose

The voice is our truth detector. Vishuddha, the Sanskrit word for the 5th (throat) Chakra, is loosely translated to ‘especially pure.’ The throat is the bridge between the lower and upper chakras. Energy can often get bottlenecked at the throat. This can show up as a “lump in the throat” sensation whenever energy is not expressed. It can silence our truth or cause us to speak out of integrity from what the heart truly desires. When people come in for a private session, they often share about feeling constricted in their voice when they go to express themselves. This type of expression shows up in many aspects of life. Expressing creative ideas, expressing love, and creating boundaries can get caught in the outward communication of speaking our truth. The voice is a powerful tool to access physical resonance and singing or speaking in public with ease. This is true even on a metaphorical energetic level. I work with the voice on all levels to design a supportive practice to address an individual's unique blueprint for inner harmony and vibrational balance.

WALK US THROUGH A PRIVATE VOCAL AWARENESS SESSION?

Private sessions look different for each person. One of my innate gifts is in my ability to tune into another’s vibration and cater to vocal embodiment practices to aid in releasing their specific blocks. I’ve had clients who want to learn to sing with more resonance or expand their vocal range. Some clients want to learn how to lead kirtan chants. These sessions look and feel more like a vocal coaching lesson. Other clients come to me seeking to connect with their creativity through meditation and pranayama work so they can more easefully express their true desires. Some clients have trauma to their vocal folds from overuse. In these sessions, we work to therapeutically reconnect them with how to use their voice. One of my clients had difficulty with vocal expression because as a young child she moved from another country and felt insecure speaking the native language. My role is to work with each person to create a sustainable roadmap toward unleashing their true voice.

YOU ARE HOSTING AN UPCOMING WORKSHOP AT SOJOURN— UNLEASH YOUR VOICE. WHAT IS THIS WORKSHOP ALL ABOUT? WHO IS THIS FOR?

Unleash Your Voice is an introduction to using the voice as an embodied meditation practice. You’ll get an opportunity to explore mantra, tone through the chakras, and spark your creative juices within a safe container. This workshop is for anyone seeking a deeper relationship to their authentic voice and for anyone curious about the scientific benefits of vocal sound healing.

To learn more, join Sita Rose and the Sojourn community for her UNLEASH YOUR VOICE workshop on Thursday, June 6, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm.

ABOUT SITA ROSE

Sita Rose is a teaching artist and entrepreneur based in San Diego, CA. She draws from her 10+ years of experience as a board-certified music therapist, kirtan artist, and yoga practitioner to elevate consciousness and promote peace. Her gypsy spirit has led her to study the ancient healing qualities of music throughout India, South America, and Jamaica. In May 2018 she released her debut album, In Essence, a musical journey through all 7 chakras. She is the co-founder of Seed & Song and Yoga with Mom, which blends together music therapy techniques and mommy-and-me yoga to support parent-infant bonding, postpartum, and child development. She runs a private practice and has created online group programs to help empower women to unleash their voices and reclaim their sexuality. Learn more at sitarose.com .